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Airbnb defends its territory

July 26, 2016 - 16:32 -- Admin

At the weekend, Simon Johanson reported the Victorian Supreme Court decision to disallow body corporate regulation of short-stay operators. There is real conflict here. Owner occupiers are incentivised to avoid maintenance costs and be cordial toward their neighbors – do unto others as you would have them do to you. Meanwhile, the cavalcade of short-termers […]

Stamp Duty slugs families $91 a month

July 14, 2016 - 13:39 -- Admin

The Housing Industry Association today released their estimate that conveyancing Stamp Duty costs Australian households $91 a month. “By eroding deposits and making homebuyers borrow more, stamp duty is estimated to add $91 per month to household mortgage repayments for a median priced home,” HIA economist Shane Garrett said. “Apart from hurting ordinary households, stamp […]

Addressing privilege

July 13, 2016 - 18:14 -- Admin

As a research associate of the Land Values Research Group, land values speak to me about many things. They reflect relative advantage. You know, Ricardo’s Law of Rent, otherwise known as location, location, location and all that? A great part of land values are situated within our capital cities, and it is in our capital […]

Dear Prime Minister, I’m an innovation worker and your ‘Plan’ will drive me away.

June 30, 2016 - 09:39 -- Admin

By Matt Ellis reposted from RationalRadical Dear Prime Minister Turnbull, I am writing to belatedly and publicly call your bluff on your so called ‘innovation agenda’, which forms a key plank of your ‘Plan’ for jobs and growth. There are all kinds of reasons to be disappointed with your leadership of this country so far, […]

The Andrews government underground gift to wealthy landholders

June 30, 2016 - 08:06 -- Admin

Victorian taxpayers were kicked in the teeth yesterday by Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allen, who announced city landholders would not have to contribute to the $10.9 billion Metro Rail project, though they will enjoy substantial and certain land prices rises from its construction without lifting a finger. Improving access and speed to the city for […]

A world gone mad

June 29, 2016 - 13:12 -- Admin

We were all meant to be wealthy by now – new technologies having assisted the means of production and service delivery. Instead, what we’ve inherited is a world gone mad, and in debt. Where did all the wealth go? Look around you. Obviously, it’s gone mainly to those at the very top. No, not just […]

The Other Sydney Lockout

June 16, 2016 - 08:17 -- Admin

Presenters: Karl Fitzgerald with Friendly Jordie
s Date: Tues June 28, 6.30 – 8pm Venue: Tortuga Studios, 31 Princes Highway, St Peters, 2044 Cost: $5 entry donation Sydney has been besieged by controversy over the lockout laws surrounding nightclubs. In the background, democratic pressures over the amalgamation of councils continues. But the big lockout is the […]